The Woods arrived on Netflix last week, Friday, June 12, and has already proven a big hit. The mysterious crime thriller is an adaptation of American author Harlan Coben’s original novel of the same name. So how did he come up with the idea for the best selling book?
WARNING: This article contains spoilers from The Woods.
Set in Poland, Netflix series The Woods centres on prosecutor Pawel Kopinski (played by Grzegorz Damiecki), who continues to struggle with everyday life.
He no longer feels excited about work and is moving on autopilot as he is still haunted by the memory of his sister Kamila.
About 20 years ago, his younger sister was on a summer camping trip but when she ventured into the woods, she was never seen again.
However, the past doesn’t always stay in the past as Pawel soon found out.
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Speaking to Express.co.uk, Coben opened up about what inspired him to write The Woods.
He explained how one experience he had many years ago snowballed into the gripping story.
Coben said: “I was a counsellor at a co-ed sleep away camp when I was only seventeen years old — much too young for such responsibility.
“I was always afraid that I would mess up.
“I started to think, ‘What if some kids sneaked into the woods on my watch? What if one of them was my sister? What if something went terribly wrong and haunted me for the rest of my life….?’”
Coben’s work has already been recreated for the streaming service.
His books The Five, Safe and The Stranger which came out earlier this year, were all adapted into Netflix series.
Coben has signed a book deal with Netflix, so all 14 of his existing novels will be brought to life.
So with this in mind, fans are going to be seeing a lot more of Coben’s work in the future.
The Woods is available to watch on Netflix.